In today's fast-paced academic environment, your college student may be grappling with internal struggles that might not be immediately apparent. As a parent, you might not be able to identify the 'Wall of Awful' & the internal spiral of ADHD-related shame & guilt creating the largest obstacle for them. It's important to know it's most likely not a lack of motivation; it's their battle with the performance of Executive Function Skills. By the age of 18-22, Executive Function, our brain's management system, is still maturing, & ADHD can further complicate this developmental process. ADHD is a reason, not an excuse. My role as their coach is to guide & mentor college students, helping them unlock their potential in prioritizing, planning, task initiation, organization, & time-management.
Embarking or sustaining the journey of college can bring about unique challenges for both students & their families. These challenges can manifest as struggling to maintain healthy routines & social relationships, managing time wisely, & prioritizing effectively. Additionally, there are also the emotional highs & lows of college life, & the stress hangovers of pulling all-nighters. You are not lazy, a bad person, certainly not dumb, or just lacking will-power. With almost two decades of experience as a behavioral health specialist & ADHD Coach, I've worked extensively with students facing similar struggles. Personally, I've experienced the difficulties of scheduling & following through with long-term projects. I understand the challenges of getting started, completing a difficult task or getting stuck on a step, & then the seemingly unending cycle of being tied up or lost in distractions. You don't have to navigate this path alone.
ADHD Coaching with me adopts an Integrative & Whole-Person approach. Both mind & body play a crucial role in emotional & self-regulation for optimal functioning & well-being. Together, we will examine mindset, sleeping & eating routines, exercise, stress management & break habits, recognizing that it's all interconnected. As individuals with ADHD, driven by stimulation & interest, it's essential to understand & become familiar with all aspects of our lives through compassionate mindful awareness. We'll explore what may be holding you back & discover how you can thrive by developing personalized tools & strategies. I provide steady & kind support as well as accountability between sessions. Together, we will develop & maintain realistic & attainable goals tailored to you & your unique brain.
Dana has been a huge help to me throughout my academic career. We worked on and through verbal processing, prioritizing, time-management, as well as emotional identification & regulation skills.
The tools I have now were essential in moving me through my college semester with more confidence in my abilities in myself in order to succeed & overcome obstacles.
I look forward to our weekly sessions & communication via text between sessions, as it feels like a team effort.
I continue to grow & learn more about ADHD & the accommodations I can advocate for to better move through school responsibilities & life in general.
-College Student, Graphic Design
We are so grateful to have meet Dana. My son was diagnosed a few years prior with ADHD, which was accompanied by anxiety & depression. He was in the middle of both switching colleges & majors & was feeling very overwhelmed. Working with Dana not only helped him academically but with his well-being too.
My son has difficulty starting & finishing tasks, remembering assignments, & prioritizing his time. Dana helped him tackle these issues, but she also helped him develop a better self-image through education about ADHD.
She helped him, & us as parents, realize a large percentage of his challenges are NOT due to laziness & lack of motivation.
Dana gave him the tools needed to help with his ADHD symptoms as well as focused on his many strengths! Her support & motivation have given my son self-confidence & better self-esteem, while also improving his performance in school.
-Parent of College Student, Exercise Science
Dana’s guidance was key in helping me not only get back on my feet from one of the lowest points of my life, but also set me up to succeed.
I was having severe difficulties in academics due to ADHD & anxiety. I was overall not equipped with the skills I needed to tackle the obstacles in everyday life.
Dana provided support by helping me experiment & find strategies that worked for me. She maintains a truly impressive balance between down to earth professionalism & friendliness.
I found her approachable & fun to work with, & very effective in what she does. I genuine believe that Dana can help anyone who comes to her.
-College Student, Neuroscience & Psychology
Students with ADHD face unique challenges in their academic pursuits, such as difficulties with focus, time management, prioritization, and motivation. This program addresses these challenges by providing tools and strategies that empower neurodivergent students to effectively manage their symptoms and optimize their academic performance and overall mental wellbeing.
ADHD Support and Group Coaching extends beyond academic success, embracing a whole person approach, and integrating various aspects of student experience. We educate ourselves, discuss & practice emotional regulation, self-care, and self-advocacy. We will build general life skills, workforce skills and at the same time foster self-awareness, self-acceptance, and resilience build resilience through connection and creative problem solving.
I value collaboration and believe that a strong partnership between myself and your university is essential for the success of the program. I am committed to working closely with your staff, students, and administration, to ensure the successful implementation and ongoing evaluation of the program. I will align the program with your university's goals, policies, and resources.
As a Neurodivergent Educator, Facilitator, and Coach, I am deeply committed to advocating for students with ADHD. I acknowledge the ongoing efforts of colleges and universities as they strive to understand and address the diverse needs of their student body, particularly in the context of invisible disabilities, accommodations, and learning differences. My aim is to contribute to these commendable endeavors.
This program aims to enhance comprehension and acceptance of the intricacies of ADHD, cultivate effective tools and strategies, and foster a strengths-based approach. It aspires to establish a supportive community for unique neurodivergent individuals.
By integrating psychoeducation, coaching methods, and evidence-based interventions, the program brings advantages to both students and staff within the institution.
Through psychoeducation, we delve into critical ADHD challenges, including executive function, emotional regulation, motivation, memory & focus, prioritization & planning, time management, resilience & problem-solving, and communication & self-advocacy. I provide a toolbox for each challenge to establish the groundwork for group coaching and goal-oriented action. Level 1 establishes a supportive community, fostering an environment where neurodivergent students can share experiences, feel seen and understood. This transformative journey empowers both participating students and staff, contributing to sustained academic success and overall health and wellbeing.
Building on the foundation of the Psychoeducation and Support Group, Level 2 offers students who completed Level 1 direct small group coaching and the opportunity to learn from peers facing similar challenges. Throughout the semester, participants set measurable short-term goals, identify obstacles, and engage in creative problem-solving. Mandatory experimentation aids in developing tailored tools for personal ADHD challenges, fostering authenticity and self-confidence. The coaching group maintains strengths-based peer and coach support, with a focus on academic prioritization, ADHD symptom management, and overall well-being. This process empowers students to practice effective strategies and establish routines for long-term academic, work, and life skills enhancement.
In Level 3, the invaluable connection and trust established between students and staff become a university's most valuable asset. Following the 7-week psychoeducational and support group and the semester-long coaching and goal-setting program, members further connect and collaborate to enhance self-awareness, self-regulation, and executive function skills. Peer interactions focus on cultivating healthy relationships, communication, and self-advocacy through cooperative accountability. Students persist in refining time management, planning, prioritization, motivation, and focus strategies, fostering both academic success and personal growth.
This program completely shifted how I deal with ADHD challenges. Now that I understand myself better, I can notice & handle my emotions easier. Thanks to the incredible support of this group, tasks that once felt impossible are now manageable & achievable.
The program retrained my entire thinking around ADHD, providing essential education & practical tools to manage my symptoms more effectively. This semester, I've seen significant improvements, particularly in emotional regulation.
Exploring & applying strategies for academics & daily life significantly improved overall mood & well-being. Implementing what I learned enhanced my emotional management, leading to helpful changes in my actions.
Dana, our fantastic coach, has equipped me with tools & strategies crucial not only for the present but also as I navigate the challenging process of entering graduate school on a PhD track.
-Teir 1, 2 & 3 Student, Double Major-History & Political Science
The group experience was truly beneficial! Dana, our group leader & facilitator, along with the University Center Coordinator, both brought valuable diversity to the age representation among group members, as I returned to school in my late 30s after a 20-year career at Microsoft. Both shared their personal experience as ADHDers which brought added expertise & credibility. The program not only created a strong sense of community but also greatly enhanced my overall college experience.
Amidst my hectic schedule, the meetings offered both accountability & consistency, increasing stability & significantly enhancing the success & structure of my semester.
Dana is exceptional! Enthusiastic, knowledgeable, & supportive. She goes above & beyond, even outside scheduled meetings if & when needed.
-Teir 1 & 2, Graduate Student, Biology
This program has been a game-changer for me. Sharing weekly wins with the group cultivated a supportive community that I felt truly understood my struggles. This weekly practice boosted my optimism & made me more mindful of my actions. I now take pride in accomplishing even the smallest tasks, eagerly anticipating sharing them with the group.
While medication aided focus, this group was key to providing direction on how to best to channel that focus. Group discussions & coaching on time blindness, time management, & emotional regulation made a huge impact.
I've honed my skills in self-advocacy both personally & academically. Understanding executive function & task initiation transformed my approach towards assignments, putting an end to perpetual procrastination. Techniques such as time-estimation & time-tracking along with time-blocking has revealed tasks take less time than anticipated, fueling my motivation. Participating in group think dynamics helped me develop study methods, filling a gap I had coming into college.
The group members & their unwavering support became my greatest takeaway. Sharing challenges & offering one another coaching assistance has fostered a sense of acceptance, significantly reducing the dread & isolation I had often felt with ADHD. This group remains my lifeline, providing invaluable substance.
-Teir 1, 2 & 3 Student, Criminal Justice & Criminology
Thanks to this program, my mental health & overall well-being have significantly improved. Acknowledging that I'm not alone has reshaped what I used to see as hindrances in life & academics.
With a deeper understanding of ADHD & recognizing challenges as facets of an executive function disorder, I now navigate with more insight & clarity. Instead of feeling at odds with my own brain or engaging in fruitless overcompensation, I've learned to not only embrace my strengths but also allow for necessary accommodations. This shift in mindset has turned obstacles into opportunities for growth & learning, as well as fostered a profound sense of connection & self-acceptance.
In terms of managing ADHD symptoms, I've developed the ability to recognize my emotions more effectively & reduce the harm it can cause to myself & others. I've gained various tools & strategies to curb procrastination & increase motivation & task initiation, maintaining optimal dopamine levels.
The program made a significant impact on my educational experience, enabling me to cultivate greater patience & consequently reducing self-criticism. It has boosted my self-confidence & reinforced my belief in both myself & my abilities.
-Teir 1 & 2 Student, Interdisciplinary Studies
Because of this program I now feel less overwhelmed by school, equipped with the skills to effectively organize & manage tasks.
I've developed the ability to identify & articulate my emotional states, making it easier to seek help when needed. Which has significantly improved my mental health & general well-being.
Before the program I had no idea the complexity of ADHD & how ADHD effected my mood & emotions & also how that was linked to the difficulty of getting things done.
This group & this program was extremely validating for my experience with ADHD. The supportive atmosphere has created a stronger sense of community & belonging for me. I've embraced positive habits, like celebrating every win, no matter how small they may seem, because for ADHD, those small victories can be genuinely significant!
The Tier layout is spot-on! Starting with education & understanding of ADHD & then diving into practical strategies for students was a game-changer. The setup allows us to not only address our own needs but also actively contribute to helping others. It's a fantastic group coaching approach!
-Teir 1, 2 & 3 Student, Digital Media
I really struggle with hyperdrive, burnout & emotional highs & lows. Just being a part of this ADHD supportive community helped me manage life with a little less stress & a little more self-compassion. My own confidence has even increased due to just knowing I'm not alone in feeling & experiencing life in this way as an AuDHDer.
The program helped me stay on track & focused, especially in terms of motivation & emotional regulation.
I'm feeling way more confident in my skills. College is still tough, but I genuinely believe I can handle it now.
Dana creates a great sense of belonging and makes sure all feel seen & listened to. The ways she helps facilitate conversation between group members & keep us on track is amazing!
-Teir 1 & 2 Student, Art